THE tactics of netball in the Wimmera could be dramatically changed, if leagues choose to follow in the footsteps of Australia's biggest netball league.
The Super Netball league controversially introduced a two-point "super shot" earlier this week, just six weeks out from the start of its COVID-19 interrupted season.
Two-points will be awarded for shots taken from long range, with a new 1.9 metre zone painted just inside the goal circle.
However, while Horsham District league board member Sharon Fedke was open to the new rule, she said it was unlikely to be introduced in the Wimmera any time soon.
"For someone like me who likes the long bomb, I think it's great. But I know there's a lot of die-hard netball people that don't like it," she said.
"It does encourage a different skill. There's a lot of girls that can't shoot the long bomb, but it adds another dimension to the game.
"It's probably not (going to be introduced in the Wimmera). I say that now, but who knows in the future?
"I think they'll trial it at the top level and, if it works, they may bring it down to our level."
Fedke added that the changes seem to have been made mostly for spectators, to add another element of excitement to the game.
Netball in the Wimmera however is not lacking in enthusiasm or participation numbers, making a radical change less necessary.
"Another thing is when you're playing football and netball outdoors, a long bomb isn't going to work on a windy day," Fedke said.
"They play indoors and don't have to contend with the elements. So it would be different at our level."
Horsham City Netball Association president Cathie Weidemann said watching the "super shot" in action during netball's bushfire appeal game earlier this year was exciting.
"They had the two-point shot in for the last couple of minutes of every quarter, and it was just awesome to watch," Mrs Weidemann said.
"It was spectacular to see them balance the additional risk involved."
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Mrs Weidemann however agreed that the rule was unlikely to come to the Wimmera.
"We would have to re-mark our courts to put the second goal circle inside the existing D, which would be a hassle," she said.
"It's not probably something people will rush out to do straight away."
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